Haven’t Been Around Much Lately (Sad Face)

Hi All,

I haven’t been on the blog lately and I apologize for that. Life has gotten in the way.

Luckily some fantastic authors have stopped by and picked up my slack. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read the posts, you just may find your next great read from:

All Shades of Passion – A multi-author anthology (erotic romantic shorts)

Love Resurrected by Kristy Centeno (paranormal romance)

Snug Fit by Anna Bayes (erotic short story)

The De La Cruz Saga by P.T. Macias (romance with a Spanish flavor, muy caliente)

Renzo by Jamallah Bergman (interracial romance series)

Night of the Horse by Elodie Parkes (paranormal menage)

Black Baroness by R.B. Michaels (erotic short story)

Taken by Lust by Leteisha Newton (interracial erotic romance)

Thank you. Thank you.

As for me I’ve just received edits for a short story, One Stormy Night,  to be released by Evernight Publishing prior to the end of the year. I’ll be working on those this weekend.

TheBeginningofForeverThe Beginning of Forever, the conclusion of Amber and Kevin’s story, is out there on the web waiting to heat up your chilly weekend!

Just see what one Amazon reader wrote:

If you haven’t had a chance to read In The Moment then you should before you read this installment so you can appreciate the amazing love between Kevin and Amber. Truly Kevin is my hero, he is everything a real woman would want in her man. This story picks up with the two planning to marry but also Amber trying to get pregnant. Amber’s desire to have a family with Kevin really test their strength, faith and love. For Kevin he’d give her the world but not at the risk of her health, Kevin feels that the two of them have enough love to adopt but his life wouldn’t matter without her in it. Wow! what a man. Kevin in his usual determined way must prove to Amber that together they can make anything work, getting Amber to believe it herself is her walk of faith. I just loved this couple they were real, funny, sexy and just wonderful. I especially loved the ending of course it could be a new beginning for Kevin and Amber come on Vallory what do you think? This is a great read you won’t be disappointed but get In The Moment first. Enjoy

Do I love this because it’s glowing? Yes. I also love it because at least for one reader, the point of the story hit home.

I’m also finishing a short story for early next year. This is a departure from my usual contemporary romance and delves into the paranormal world. We’ll see how that goes. Maybe the Ngali and Widatsi will get a few likes in January. I don’t know but Logan and Ada called me to them and I had to answer.

ID-10080550Lastly, it’s almost November and I’ll be taking part in NaNoWriMo. Last year, I didn’t finish a completed novel. This year, I hope to pen A Loving Affair. In this next installment to the Rose Gold Collection, you’ll  meet my first African-American hero, Xavier Loving.

Y’all keep reading, writing and playing nice!

~Val

Spotlight on the De La Cruz Saga by P.T. Macias

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Hot&spoiledBookcoverBook Five: Hot & Spoiled

Sebastian Antonio De La Cruz is the familia’s architect. He’s the classic traditional macho Mexicano. He enjoys being single until the primos (his cousins) start falling in love. He starts to think about the chica (girl) of his dreams.

Cynthia Lopez walks into his life demanding, independent, and unconventional. She rocks his world. Tony fights to resist Cynthia and deals with her father’s objections. Tony believes Senor Lopez is the source of his familia’s (family’s) heartaches and troubles.

“She’s hot, sexy, and makes me burn like no one ever has. I just can’t be with her. She’s a spoiled demanding chica and I will not be her toy!” Sebastian Antonio De La Cruz.

Buy Links  Amazon US   Amazon UK

Hot & Adorable, De La Cruz SagaBook Six: Hot & Adorable

Alejandro Andres De La Cruz is the doctor in the familia (family). He’s always there to help everyone in need. Alex loves to ride Luna a palomino on the familia’s hacienda. He’s hot, sexy and very warm caring hombre (man).

Carolina Crystal Reyes is a beautiful, sweet, young Medical Physician. She lives in the shadows and steals his heart.

Alex lives a double life. Can anyone help him in his time of need before losing his amor?

Buy Links:   Amazon US    Amazon UK

 

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Claudia De La Cruz is a sexy, intelligent, dedicated, and beautiful FBI agent! She worked hard to achieve her dream. She’s too busy to fall in love. She never had an amor! She’s waiting for her alma gemela (soul mate)!

Roberto De León sprints into her life! Time and danger brings them together and tears them apart!

Buy Links:   Amazon US  Amazon UK

 

Hot & Dangerous, De La Cruz Saga by P. T. MaciasBook Eight: Hot & Sassy

Veronica De La Cruz is the bebe (baby) of the familia (family). She’s an intelligent, beautiful, elegant, and sexy mujer (woman). She’s been in love with her novio (fiancé) Christopher Rosas for years. They’ve waited anxiously for their wedding day. One of her dreams is to become his wife.

Veronica’s other dream is to be an Eve’s Pleasure model. This is the only dream that she’s not shared with Christopher. Veronica has kept this from him. She knows in her heart that he’s totally old school and has macho convictions. She knows that he’ll never accept his wife to model.

Christopher Rosas is an FBI agent and Veronica’s twin sister’s partner. He’s totally devoted to Veronica. Christopher is forced to ask Veronica to help the FBI to locate her twin.

Will their amor be strong enough to survive her silence? Can Veronica save her amor and twin before time runs out?

Buy Links:   Amazon US    Amazon UK

 

About the Author:

My name is Patricia T. Macias. I was born in San Jose, California. I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management Administration.

I currently live in Sacramento, California with my family. My family is my pride and joy. I also enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.

I always dreamed of writing and I’m extremely happy to be achieving my dream. All of my characters are my best friends. They are always talking and living in my mind and dreams.

Author Links:   Saga Site     Blog     Facebook     Twitter

 

***P.T. Macias is giving away a signed copy of Hot & Spicy.

For a chance to win just fill out the Rafflecopter here.

This is for US residents only!***

August Update 2013 – I’m Having a Party!

Okay readers, here’s where I am!

  • As a mom – I’ve been very busy with back to school shopping for the girlies. We bought a lot more stuff than we should have just because it was cute.
  • As a HR coordinator – I’ve been busy with the hiring season – career fairs for four to six hours per day. I come home from work and my face hurts from smiling.
  • As a writer – I’ve been a little of lazy daisy, but I’m getting it in gear!

The Beginning of Forever, the conclusion of the Amber and Kevin stories will be published by Amira Press on September 6, 2013! Yay, doing the happy dance.

I’m working on the third draft of my first cozy mystery novella tentatively entitled, Midnight’s Kiss on the Half Shell. This isn’t a romance but does feature a cute guy, who the beta readers have loved. So look for Professor Naeem Mounier to warm up your cold nights this winter.

I’m reworking the second book of the Rose Gold Collection, A Loving Affair. There were somethings I didn’t like so I’m revisiting my original outline. It is getting done, though.

My former manager was visiting the office and let me have it about Deja Vu. She said, “Your blurb is wrong. But I stayed up way too long finding out what happened between Darcey and Vincent for you not to finish the next books. I’m interested in Lenore and Xavier and Cat and want to be surprised by Carlos.” 

Dear, sweet woman, I’m on it!

Prize_1_Kama_GiftAnd on to the fun stuff – I’m hosting a Release Day Party on Facebook on September 6, 2013 for The Beginning of Forever. I hope you’ll join me for a few minutes to celebrate the conclusion of Amber and Kevin’s story. There’ll be prizes! Including the lovely set to your left from ArtTownGifts.com.

Author Alexandria Infante Stops by for a Chat

alexandria InfanteWhere are you from Alexandria? Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m from California, born and raised, however I have traveled a bit in my life. Most of my family resides back East ( NYC, Miami ect) but I’m a Cali girl . I do love the bright lights and the big city of New York though, and hope to one-day move there permanently. I started out as a chef, and held onto that career for 15-years. However, I knew it was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Although I love “cheffin” as we call it, writing has always been my first love. When I was a kid if ever mi Amá was searching for me all she had to do was check the closet, or under the bed; and there I was reading a book. Not to mention I developed bursitis in my right shoulder.  I have a master’s in English Literature/Art History; with a Minor in Mythology and History. I am a Professor of English Literature & Art History.

I have five amazing children; Matthew 26 St John’s University, Blazhia 24 Columbia, Soleil 21 Poly University, Micah 17 and Sora 11; so I spend most of my time with Micah and Sora when I’m not writing. I’ve always loved vampires, werewolves, witches, and the things that go bump in the night; and it just rocks my boat to be able to write about them.

What made me want to be an author is the fact that I love Paranormal, Contemporary, and Historical Romance, but I didn’t see myself reflected in the works that I read.  If I did, it was a side character, a supporting character, or a villain; so I thought I’d write my own. Being multi-racial (Puerto Rican, Cuban, Native American, Irish and African-American) I wanted to see a character like me, and the fact that this is rare spurred me on. There is a rich heritage, which comes from our Puerto Rican- Afro-Cuban roots, and just like our African ancestors, I wanted to immerse the reader in the Latin feel. Unfortunately, authors like me (Interracial Romance, or what is more commonly known as IR authors) tend to get pigeon holed into one specific genre like Minority literature, Latina, African-American, or Ethnic, who hardly ever move out of that; and I think this is completely unfair.

I hoped by writing what I believe the Paranormal, Historical and Contemporary Romance genres should encompass, people would see the book for the story and negate the race of the character; that being, anyone could place themselves in the shoes of the character, not just someone of a minority background.

I write in three different genres, and this can sometimes be hard. You have to remember where you are when you write so to speak, lol, because I don’t want a vamp rearing its head in a Historical romance set in the Deep South in 1808 lol. But then again, that could be a very interesting read lol. I may just have to do that.

So, the series Alexandria, what’s it all about?

Alie’s fine lol, Val, and I actually write two now. The Teaching Between Midnight & Dawn, the first book being Arieanna’s Legend; and A Lite Farie Tale, Midna’s Farie Tale being the first book in this series.  I actually have 11 books published to that particular series now.

IR Paranormal T.B.M.D:

Book 2: T.M.T.N; Kissing Cousins

Book 3: T.C.B.M; the Arvantes

Book 4: Dark Premonitions; the Seeker

Book 5: A Kiss Between Midnight & Dawn; Sephoroth’s Return

Book 6: The Gargoyle Keeper; Best Mates Forever

Book 7: Red Ryzin; Okuzo

Book 8: Blackwind’s Song; Love at First Sight

Book 9: Cycles of Change; Jade Council

Book 10: Loose Connections; Making Choices

Book 11: Carousel; Legacy

I loved writing this series. My love for mythology sparked it, and each book gets darker, and more sinister. I could say that I see myself in some of the characters, and I thought why not make a book where regular everyday teachers fight against the things that go bump in the night. I mean, you always read about the detective, ex-cop or private detective, but never the regular person minding his or her own business lol.

Therefore, I thought it would be fun to throw a bunch of teachers and professors in the mix. The first book is a bit tamed though; it was a sort of getting my feet wet so to speak lol. Each book in the series gets just a bit more sensual as well, and the erotic element is played up even more; especially books 9 & 11.

Why did you write it?

Well, like I said earlier I wanted a different feel to what I was reading out there, and felt like if I couldn’t get it out there, then I would just have to write it myself. There are very few Latina Paranormal authors, just like African- American, so I want to champion us both.

What’s your favorite character?

Hummm, that would be Arieanna. I could say that I see myself in the character of Arieanna, because she’s so like me in many ways. She holds my heart, because she was the first character concept I came up with. I wanted to show that love has no genre, race, creed or species lol. I believe the book is both sexy and romantic, because you can feel the intensity between Auron and Arieanna. The love is expressed, because Auron will do whatever he has to do to protect Arieanna, and vise versa.  As for my bad boys, that would be Sephoroth. I just love him through and through. He’s a vamp with special powers (can’t give them away, you have to read it lol), and the things he does with them, why its just down right beyond naughty.

How is that character in line with you as a person?

I’d say a fricken lot lol. Arieanna does things that I do, thinks the way I think sometimes, and one of my colleagues swears it’s me lol. The character’s name is Arie for short, mine is Alie lol. She has green-grey eyes, I have grey eyes.  I get endless rips from my friends on it. However, I also get that little knowin smile time and again from some of my male colleagues who’ve read the book. This can be a bit uncomfortable sometimes, because of what I write lol.

What do you want your readers to take from your writing?

I write IR Historical, Contemporary and Paranormal so it would be; Love is Love, as the marvelously talented Boy George once said; and I believe he is completely and totally on point. I feel like whether you’re a Caucasian guy who has a thang for Sustahs, a Japanese guy who has love for Latinas, a Mexican guy who just can’t get enough of Arab women, or an African- American guy who just loves him some Caucasian women.

Who cares, as long as “you do you” and you feel comfortable in your own skin. My mantra Val: True love sees no color lines, is pure in its truest form; and is only tainted when narrow-minded haters infiltrate it and make it something it is not.

My ideal of love, includes er’ body!

A Gorgeous Hot Yummy is just that, no matter his Race, Creed, or Sexual Orientation.

Tell me about your antagonist?

That would be the Councils.

This is where you have the progenitors, the heads of each house, true vamps, weres, witches ect. There are six sitting Councils.  Flameni, Amber, Pallid, Jade, Delineate, Exodus. Each one more ruthless then the last. Arieanna and her three cousins are human, imbued with the Egyptian Goddesses’ Asť’s and the Egyptian God Osiris’ power (Asť better known in the Western world as Isis), which is a pure source, and it came straight from the Gods themselves. The Council is out to kill Arieanna, her cousins, and anyone else in lined with Greyten Hall, Shallow, Crypt, or any of the twelve houses. Their aim is to take that power from her, and use it to their benefit. The only problem is, they weren’t ready for the massive amount of power Arieanna does have, and the fact that it continues to manifest; so they have no actual clue what actual level she is truly on.

Where can we find you?

My websites:  The Teaching Between Midnight & Dawn Series. www.poisonedpin.webs.com

A Lite Farie Tale Series: www.farietalewish.webs.com

A Different Side of Historical Romance: www.alieinfante.webs.com

Contemporary Love with some Flava: www.contemporarylove.webs.com

You can find chapter samples, book updates, and just all around info on each of my series and genres @ any of the websites.

Blog: www.poisonedpin.blogspot.com

Twitter: @lex6802

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100897574868961031281

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teaching-Between-Midnight-and-Dawn/199915416719374?ref=hl

Tumblr: http://tbmd1.tumblr.com/

WordPress: http://aliekat.wordpress.com/

Book Blogs: http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/AlexandriaInfante

Libroville: http://alexandriainfante.libroville.com/

Author’s.com: http://www.authors.com/group/fiction/forum/topic/listForContributor?user=2pf86clybgxlk

Amazon: Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Alexandria-Infant%C3%A9/e/B007VDEKIC/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1369765846&sr=1-2-ent

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/aliekatt1

Buy links: http://www.amazon.com/T-B-M-D-Arieannas-Teaching-Midnight-ebook/dp/B0091XRN3Y/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369766172&sr=1-2

http://www.manicreaders.com/index.cfm?disp=bookdetail&bookid=36238

What’s next for you?

Well, I’m working on book 12 now in the TBMD series, and book 4 in the Fae series. All together, I’ve written 21 so far. I have a new Historical Romance coining out in mid-Aug. Book 12 Hidden Shows will be out in mid- July, and the next installment to Grave Reviews, my newest Contemporary will be out in mid-June.

Thanks a bunch for having me Vallory, you’re always awesome!! J

Other Titles by Alexandria Infante

A Lite Farie Tale Series: IR Paranormal Fae

Midna’s Farie Tale

To Teach is Divine; Halleren’s Prophecy

Precede with Caution; Bekan’s Quest

Historical IR Romance:

Napoleon’s Gift

A Lad’s Trouser’s

A Slow Time to Love

Fire & Ice

Contemporary IR Romance:

Grave Reviews

Mendacity

Book Blurb: T.B.M.D; Arieanna’s Legend

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(Interracial Paranormal Romance; Multiracial Woman, White Man)

Book 1

Arieanna was pretty much happy with her life. Her students loved her, she loved teaching; life was simple and uncomplicated.

That’s until she met Auron.

Sent by an exclusive underground sect, Auron’s there to protect the descendant of Asť at all cost. His number one purpose is to keep the supposed volume of Asťs magick from entering the hands of the wrong people, in spite of the fact it might cause his death. Exiled nearly two centuries ago from his Företag for insubordination and murder, Auron knows if Jimmy Mann gets his hands on that book all hell will break loose.

Centuries of war will spill onto a human battleground, the causalities catastrophic.

The governing Council will do whatever it deems necessary to keep that from happening; even if it means taking out the descendant, Lycans, Warlocks, Witches, Shape-shifters and Vampires.

The hieroglyphs state she holds the key to the location of Asťs legendary book of magick; the only problem is, Arieanna doesn’t know it yet!

With the book comes massive power, and only Auron can help her control it, in order to keep her from wiping out paranormals and humans alike. 

Meet Mohana ~ A Writer and a Mom

I hope you’ve enjoyed the last days with one of my new favorite authors and her take on multicultural romance in this month of creative romance.  And not only is she a fantastic writer, but she is also a busy mom and I envy her ability balance it all!

Just take a look at what she’s done

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I don’t know what to starting reading next, but with Mohana, I’m sure I’ll be in for a treat.

About the Author:

authorphotoMohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Moving to the Arabian Desert was fortuitous in many ways since this is where she met her husband, had a baby, and made the transition from writing as a hobby to a full time passion.  She has since published five e-books including a mom-ior for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me, a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies, a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories, and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace. Most recently, From Dunes to Dior, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. After she joined the e-book revolution, she dreams in plotlines. Learn more about her work on her website at www.mohanalakshmi.com or follow her latest on Twitter: @moha_doha.

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A Wedding Nightmare by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

When pregnant with our first child, girls were on my mind. In our line of 13 cousins, only two were boys. My sister had three daughters. I was the second of two females in our family, delaying the arrival of the much-anticipated son, our brother.

Imagine my shock when the technician said that the person growing inside me was a boy. ME? The host to a male? My husband asked if I was okay. Apparently my coffee colored South Indian skin went white.

I am a feminist. I don’t apologize for thinking that women are equal to men, that we deserve equal pay and also respect for the work we do at home (often while juggling full time jobs). I don’t think all our struggles have been achieved and that feminism was for another era. I know all over the world girls can’t go to school; women can’t say no to their husbands if they have headaches.

My contemporary romance novel is not the typical bodice ripper. In fact, the action happens partly in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar where bodices are covered up, not exposed.

Perhaps the heroine, Hind’s, struggle against an arranged marriage to her cousin Abdulla is stereotypical both of the genre and perceptions of the region.

While I was writing Hind’s quest to live her own life, I had a startling realization. Another character in the story, Abdulla, was as reluctant as the heroine. As the hero, despite being a Qatari male, he was as restrained by cultural expectations as Qatari women.

When we expect women to be happy with their traditional roles, we put men in boxes as well. This was perhaps the most profound revelation I had while writing this book, made me not only more sympathetic to men, but also excited about being the mother of a boy.

Instead of anticipating their wedding day with the flowers, bells, whistles, and fireworks Hollywood, Disney, and Hallmark have ingrained in us, Hind and Abdulla saw their wedding day as the day of sentencing. They would sacrifice their own hopes, dreams, and desires for the expectations of family, hoping, eventually, the “love would come later” as the relatives around them promise.

Luckily for the reader, this isn’t quite what happened. I hope you enjoy the excerpt here of my novel LOVE COMES LATER.

Have you seen the myth of the perfect wedding distract friends or family from the important fact two people are joining their lives together?

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Abdulla’s mind wasn’t on Fatima, or on his uncles or cousins. Not even when he drove through the wrought iron entry gate, oblivious to the sprawl of family cars parked haphazardly in the shared courtyard, did he give them a thought. Despite the holy season, his mind was still hard at work. Mentally, he clicked through a final checklist for tomorrow’s meetings.  I can squeeze in a few more hours if Fatima is nauseous and sleeps in tomorrow, he thought, rubbing his chin. Instead of the stubble he had anticipated, his whiskers were turning soft. A trim was yet another thing he didn’t have time for these days, though longer beards were out of fashion according to his younger brother Saad, who had been trying to grow one for years. Beard length. Just another change to keep up with.

Change was all around him, Abdulla thought. The cousins getting older, he himself soon to become a father.  Abdulla felt the rise of his country’s profile most immediately in the ballooning volume of requests by foreign governments for new trade agreements. By the day, it seemed, Qatar’s international status was growing, which meant more discussions, more meetings.

He slid the car into a gap in the growing shadow between his father and grandfather’s houses. It would have to serve as a parking space. The Range Rover door clicked shut behind him as he walked briskly toward his father’s house, BlackBerry in hand, scrolling through his messages. Only then did the sound of wailing reach him, women in pain or grief, emanating from his Uncle Ahmed’s house across the courtyard. He jerked the hands-free device out of his ear and quickened his pace, jogging not toward the majlis where the rest of the men were gathering, but into the main living area of Uncle Ahmed’s, straight toward those unearthly sounds.

The sight of Aunt Wadha stopped him short. Disheveled, her shayla slipping as she howled, she was smacking herself on the forehead. Then came his mother, reaching her arms out to him with a tender, pitying look he hadn’t seen since his pet rabbits from the souq died. But it was Hessa, his other aunt – Fatima’s mother, his own mother-in-law – who sent him into a panic.  Ashen-faced, her lips bleeding, she was clutching the evil eye necklace he had bought Fatima on their honeymoon. At the sight of it, the delicate gold cord in Hessa’s hands and not around his wife’s neck, Abdulla felt his knees buckle and the BlackBerry slip from his hand.

“What has happened?” he said. He looked from one stricken face to another.

Numbly, he saw his female cousins were there. At the sight of him the older ones, glamorous Noor and bookish Hind, both women in their own right whom he hadn’t seen in years, jerked their shaylas from their shoulders to cover their hair and went into the adjoining room. In his haste, he hadn’t said “Darb!” to let them know he was entering the room.

 

Val Reads ~ Love Comes Later

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This sweet romance gave the term contemporary a whole new meaning for me.

Never would I have imagined arranged marriages and separate rooms for men and women in a modern romance and yet, Love Comes Later encompasses just that. This is truly a story of love conquering all. Despite differences in culture and religion, Abdulla and Sangita overcome major obstacles in order to remain together.

Ms. Ranjakumar delivers well-developed characters and a cultural viewpoint that is amazing. I was not only entertained and in love with the characters, but in love with the history as well.

I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow to learn a little more about this wonderful author and her work.

~Val